it’s been such a long time since i’ve written a book review.
i think i’m supposed to be a book blog or something but who knows at this point?? book reviews are supposed to be the whole point of my blog but you know, honestly, there are other posts i like writing better than review.
ANYHOW, back to the topic at hand. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. book review. right.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
release date: january 30, 2018
thank you so much to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book for review! all opinions and thoughts are my own.
- the beginning was so creepy and i was getting all the scary halloween vibes. i loove weird & creepy & (slightly) crazy books. the beginning really drew me in.
- creepy fairytales. can you think of anything much better? the whole premise of the Hinterland existing outside the book was so cool, and the atmosphere of it all was also so well done.
- the cover is STUNNING obviously you can tell if you have eyes
- it was a pretty quick read + it was easy to finish. i read it in one or two sittings, and i flew through it.
- it was a book about books. how can a bookworm not be drawn in by that??
- i really liked the ending! it felt hopeful, and i liked the way it summed everything up.
- i wish it had been a bit darker. parts of it were creepy, and i LOVED those parts. from the blurb, i was expecting something dark, stabby, and delicious, and it wasn’t quite that. there were parts of the story when Finch recounted specific stories from the Hinterland, and those were the parts of the book i absolutely loved. i would definitely read an entire book of Hinterland stories.
- the first half is slowww. it took a long while to get going, and while the second half was more fast-paced, i felt that the character development and world building was too little too late (in the second half). i also wish more of the book had actually taken place in the Hinterland.
- the world building of the Hinterland wasn’t quite what i was expecting. i guess i was expecting something scarier and stabbier, and it felt more like a slightly creepy Wonderland if anything.
- the writing wasn’t my favorite. i know this is the aspect that everyone is raving about, but i felt pretty ehh about the writing of this book. it felt to me like an debut novel. (but also, i’ve been saying that i don’t like the writing of a lot of YA books these days)
- Alice was a slightly unlikable MC. she was just plain mean to a lot of people, and seemed to stir the pot a lot of the time. in general, she seemed rude and self-centered.
i enjoyed this book. did i think it was completely mindblowingly favorite-of-all-time good?? no. but it was a pretty good book all the same!! ( even if it sounds like i’m completely bashing it )
overall, The Hazel Wood seemed a little less developed and complete as i was hoping. i was hoping for something a little more mature and even darker than it already was.
three out of five cakes for this one.
have you read this book? thoughts? are you planning to read it when it comes out? let me know in the comments!